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My name is Walter, I was born and raised in Huntington Park and moved to Venezuela seven with my mom. I left L.A. to become a New York Times writer as I grew and changed L.A., I heard it was also changing.
I moved back to Madea's House in Huntington Park two years ago to take care of her, mostly the same house that I was raised in. Every time I leave this neighborhood, I feel like an outsider and like someone who doesn't belong. All the rumor that I've heard, I'm saying are now true. The Cookie Midcity plus cha cha cha in East Hollywood closed off to Bravo and Venice plus. But I'm back now in L.A. Something happened to you while I was gone.
I try to go back to Venice every Sunday where I lived as a teenager and the Venice that I knew full of black and brown people, beautiful black and brown people has now changed. And you know what, damn, everywhere you turn their attack from every place I traveled to, I praised you, I showed you love and I spoke so highly of you, L-A. You supposed to withstand gentrification, but instead you embraced in your neighborhoods don't really look like they did anymore.
There's a lot more white people and less people who look like me here. You're really flawed, you're not a perfect city. There's so many things that you have to work on, like how you treat your home with access to public transportation, providing more affordable housing, how we treat people of color in this city. I'll stop here, but I could go on. I know it's complicated, but there's nowhere else I'd rather be. And I'm not the only one who feels this way about you, because even though you sometimes feel like a stranger to me, I still really, really love you.
I do. And I want to show everyone why. Most of my life, I've lived here in Compton, and I never knew this, and he's probably got to 800, if not over a thousand carats here within the next ten minutes.
How do you dress? Like, you know, like a casual gangster? No.
And I said, Mehul, look look at those cowboys. There are black cowboys.
I want everyone to see who you are to me. This is California life, and I'm Walter. Listen to California Love I, heart radio app, Apple podcast, or wherever you get your podcast.